Evening Snow at Kambara (number sixteen of the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido)

Evening Snow at Kambara (number sixteen of the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido)

1833

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重

(Japanese, 1797-1858)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 22.6 x 35.5 cm (8 7/8 x 14 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.317

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The coastal town of Kambara rarely experiences snowfall. Illustrating falling snow is particularly suited to woodblock prints. The snowflakes are created by carving their shapes out of the woodblock. When the surface of the block is inked and printed, the carved areas are represented by the unprinted white paper. This print may be the first by Hiroshige to depict falling snow.

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